As President of Wales PEN Cymru, and on behalf of PEN members, we celebrate PEN International’s centenary as an organisation that has defended the rights of writers worldwide since its foundation in 1921.
Poetry reading at Gŵyl 2021. Menna also talks about the Welsh language and the act of translating.
‘Handkerchief Kiss’ / ‘Cusan Hances’
Menna reads her poem ‘Handkerchief Kiss’ / ‘Cusan Hances’ in English and Welsh from her bilingual edition Perffaith Nam / Perfect Blemish: New & Selected Poems 1995-2007 (Bloodaxe Books, 2007).
International Poetry Festival, Mallorca
An introduction to Menna’s work at the International Poetry Festival in Mallorca 2020.
Two poems read in Welsh with the English to follow. These poems were recorded for the International Poetry Festival in Mallorca.
Welsh poetry in Catalan
Poetry reading in Welsh into Catalan of Menna’s work.
Whitworth Gallery, Manchester
Reading for Poets & Players at the Whitworth Gallery, Manchester
Menna Elfyn in the Chair
Light hearted short Q&A with Menna.
Adjudication on the Translation Competition to mark the launch of Translator’s House Wales.
‘Woman at a Supermarket’
A short poem about what it feels like to be asked for proof of identification when you are an older person.
10 Càpsula XXII Festival Poesia
Poetry reading along with a brief introduction on her work – ‘poetry needs no passwords or passports.’
kritya international poetry festival 2020
Menna reading at the Kritya international poetry festival in 2020.
Menna discussing her time as Children’s Poet (2002-2003).
Literary biography – ‘Cennad’
Menna in conversation on Welsh language programme Heno about the launch of her literary biography in 2018.
‘Er cof am Kelly’
A short film produced using Menna’s poem ‘Er cof am Kelly’. A poem taught widely in schools across Wales about the tragedy of war. Produced by pupils in Ysgol Morgan Llwyd, Wrecsam.
Poems in translation by Rati Saxena
Selected poem read in Hindi by Rati Saxena of Kritya Publishers.
Here is some audio from past readings and interviews.